Izzo: 'It's a big week' for recruiting, MSU awaits decision from Jabari Parker
Just because the NCAA won’t allow Tom Izzo to comment about specific recruits, such as the highly-sought after Jabari Parker, it doesn’t mean the MSU men’s basketball coach isn’t allowed to think about them.
The Spartans currently have no players committed for the 2013 recruiting class, and will wait anxiously to hear Parker, a consensus top-3 recruit in the country from Chicago Simeon High, announce his decision Thursday.
“If anybody can read our recruiting situation, call me,” Izzo joked after Monday’s practice.
Parker’s announcement is scheduled for 4 p.m. at his high school and will be televised by ESPNU.
The 6-foot-8 forward has narrowed his choices down to MSU, Duke, BYU, Florida and Stanford, with many recruiting experts believing Parker has narrowed his choice to Duke and MSU. This belief was aided by his father, Sonny Parker, who agreed with the sentiment in an interview with USA Today, but Jabari Parker later told the Chicago Tribune that all five schools are still being considered.
If Parker doesn’t sign with MSU, the Spartans might not add any players to the 2013 recruiting class. It’s part of the reason Izzo admitted this will be a critical week.
But no matter the outcome, he said he’s satisfied with the approach he and his staff have taken.
“It’s a big week,” Izzo said. “But in recruiting, sometimes, you have regrets either way. I have no regrets in what we’ve done in recruiting this year. We’ve decided to do it a certain way and we’ve done it that way. … So I actually feel great about everything.”